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Mathematics, measurement and experience of rotations around three axes

Journal article
Authors Ann-Marie Pendrill
Published in European Journal of Physics
Volume 40
Issue 1
ISSN 0143-0807
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/aaee22
Keywords amusement park physics, smartphones, dynamics, rotations, modelling, forces
Subject categories Mathematical physics

Abstract

An amusement ride involving rotations around three axes offers a large-scale illustration for the study of dynamics in three dimensions. The forces on the rider can be measured with co-moving accelerometers. As a first approximation, the different motions can be treated separately, but the combination of rotations is found to lead to a relatively large Coriolis effect. A mathematical description of the motion automatically combines all the different effects and offers a useful programming exercise.

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